Julia Davis Park is the first park in the "string of pearls" along the public park system found running through Boise, Idaho named after prominent Boise women. It is centrally located within the city of Boise and is bordered by Broadway Avenue to the east, Capitol Boulevard to the west, the Boise River to the south, and Myrtle Street to the north.
Found on its grounds are a number of sites that are important to both the history of Boise and to present culture. The Park includes three nationally accredited museums: the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Black History Museum, and the Idaho State Historical Museum. Also located in the park are the Idaho Rose Society, Zoo Boise, the Gene Harris Band Shell, and a lush Rose Garden. The park itself exhibits several works of art such as a 2002 statue by Jerry Snodgrass memorializing the pioneers who passed through the area including Julia Davis. Additionally, the Park has direct access to the Boise River, recreational sites such as a playground, tennis court, the Greenbelt, a large pond with rentable boats and a pedestrian bridge over the river connecting the park with Boise State University.
The park was founded in 1907 by Thomas Jefferson Davis and named after his wife. There are many events held in the park year around including local markets, festivals, music concerts, and other seasonal events. Julia Davis Park provides restroom facilities and plenty of parking available with direct access to the Boise River and Greenbelt. Picnic tables and shade trees provide an ideal place for a family gathering or BBQ in the park. Large private gatherings are supported through reservation services from Boise Parks and Recreation. Pack your picnic and head out with your friends and family for a fun time along the Boise Greenbelt in Julia Davis Park!
(*) Photos by Philip Browning. Permission to copy for educational purposes granted.